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 Program Resume - ACDI/VOCA Program Description (ACDIVOCA)

 Duration: 01.10.2000 - 01.10.2000
 Location: Baku
 Sectors: Agriculture
Micro-enterprise development

ACDI/VOCA is U.S.-based private nonprofit development organization that advances the pace of progress in emerging democracies and developing countries. Offering a comprehensive range of technical assistance services and strategies, ACDI/VOCA benefits small and medium-scale enterprises, particularly agribusinesses, private and public associations, governmental agencies and others.

ACDI/VOCA offers both long-and short-term assistance that focuses on economic growth at the grassroots level where long-lasting advancement begins and democratic traditions take hold. As appropriate, ACDI/VOCA provides a mix of volunteer-experts and consultants, as well as methodologies honed through years of economic development success. This assistance is tailored to meet the unique needs of every ACDI/VOCA partner.

Mission Statement

ACDI/VOCA identifies and opens economic opportunities for farmers and other entrepreneurs worldwide by promoting democratic principles and market liberalization, building international cooperative partnerships and encouraging the sound management of natural resources.

Core Competencies

  • Cooperative and association development
  • Rural Finance
  • Agricultural production, processing and marketing systems
  • Natural resource management
  • International agribusiness partnerships
  • Volunteers Services
  • Food for Development

ACDI/VOCA Azerbaijan Project Overview

ACDI/VOCA is currently implementing three projects in Azerbaijan: 1) Farmer-to-Farmer project that started in October 1999, 2) Azeri Rural Credit project, June 2000, and 3) Central Area Economic Opportunities (CEO) project, June 2000. The ACDI/VOCA Baku office directly manages the first two, while the third is run from ACDI/VOCA’s Gence satellite office.

Farmer-to-Farmer (FTF) project

Under the Farmer-to-Farmer program, ACDI/VOCA has been focusing its technical assistance on farmer and agro-entrepreneur training in increased agricultural production, food processing, agribusiness development, and agricultural information systems. ACDI/VOCA focused its agricultural development efforts in some of Azerbaijan’s more progressive regions. ACDI/VOCA has been working with progressive private farmers, farm organizations and agro-entrepreneurs primarily in Masalli, Gelilabad, Quba, Sheki and the Absheron Peninsula.

The project focuses on the horticultural sub-sector to assist producers; processors and marketing firms target specific niche markets that were identified by ACDI/VOCA and Agro-Meslehet, an ACDI/VOCA founded and supported Azeri nonprofit agricultural consultancy group. Agro-Meslehet assists Azeri agribusiness entrepreneurs in production, product sales and marketing, and promotes U.S. manufactured agricultural equipment in rural Azerbaijan. Agro-Meslehet employees more than 100 consultant/technical experts.

Azeri Rural Credit Cooperative (ARCC) project

In June 2000, ACDI/VOCA Azerbaijan received funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to establish rural cooperative credit system in Azerbaijan to support the growth of private agriculture and agribusiness in Azerbaijan.

ACDI/VOCA’s rural credit cooperative system will consist of a central credit cooperative and nine branch cooperatives providing small and medium-size loans ($5,000 on average) to agricultural enterprises on sustainable basis. Preliminary target regions for the cooperative credit systems include Masalli, Gelilabad, Lenkoran, Guba, Gakh, Sheki and Zaqatala.

Central Area Economic Opportunities (CEO) project


Economic Opportunities


To empower conflict-affected communities (IDP’s, refugees and local population) to attain economic self-reliance.


To integrate the economic activities of IDP’s, refugees and local population through market chain participation and broadening technical and managerial capabilities.

General Outputs

  • Market chains established
  • Associations developed
  • Markets created, expanded, integrated
  • Business opportunities created for trained beneficiaries: individuals, groups, enterprises
  • Jobs created
  • Incomes increased

Specific Outputs

  • 50% of 11,600 training participants with documented change in knowledge.
  • 2,500 of 11,600 training graduates successfully apply knowledge in 2 years resulting in an increase in profitability or productivity.
  • 18 groups created: 8 CERGs, 6 farmer groups, 3 cooperatives, 1 association functioning and resulting in increased economic activity.
  • 8 Core Enterprises established and operating.
  • 328 enterprises formed/sustained including Core and Secondary Enterprises, other groups.
  • 900 part-time and full-time jobs created/sustained.

October 2000

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